Honda Micro Commuter Prototype Field Tests Set to Roll

July 19, 2013 / No Comments

Japanese automaker Honda has announced plans to start testing the Micro Commuter Prototype ? electric vehicle in Saitama , Japan. Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has already approved the proposal from Saitama City council to promote the micro-sized mobility vehicles.

honda Honda Micro Commuter Prototype Field Tests Set to Roll

According to Honda, this test will enable both the automaker and the City of Saitamato study the usage patterns of such micro-sized mobility products .

Also, it will help the automaker to determine the suitability of this two-seater vehicle for families, senior citizens, and car-sharing programs.

Honda’s Micro Commuter Prototype ? will be riding on the Variable Design Platform. The vehicles key components such as the battery, motor and control unit are provided under the floor so that to make the best use of interior space.

The previous prototype models came up with a 20 HP (15 kW) electric motor that achieved a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and it can travel approximately 60 km (37 miles) on a three hour charging.

In another project, Honda will also study the value of the micro-sized EV as a household battery.